For over a century, France has inspired and encouraged filmmakers from around the world. This series surveys nearly 100 years of cinema, showcasing 18 filmmakers who have used France’s multilayered social and cultural fabric as a canvas for their unique visions.
Several films brought new perspectives to icons of France’s artistic heritage while others offered an outsider’s astute critique of French society and dissected tensions at the intersection of race and class. As these 18 directors pushed the boundaries of cinema, they infused their work with the cultural sensibilities of their native countries, conducting a fascinating transfer of culture in the process. Not surprisingly this survey is also a reflection of social and political upheaval across the last century: Jewish artists who fled from Germany (Ophuls), directors who left the Eastern block to escape authoritarianism and censorship (Kiesloweski), and filmmakers who hail from former French colonies and protectorates (Sembene, Arbid, Amari).
Films in French with English subtitles unless specified otherwise.
Each screening will be followed by a wine and beer reception.